(Corvus corax). Patient Number 22-151 to 154.

Date of admission: May 3, 2022.
Reason for admission: Nest removed.

Patient History:
Ravens are among one of the smartest species of birds. They can solve complicated problems, for example they have been known to be able to unlock doors! Ravens are also the largest of the passerines also known as perching birds. Ravens are quite acrobatic, they often do somersaults and rolls while flying. Young ravens even play games like dropping sticks and catching them midair.

Ravens populate the Northern Hemisphere, across the United States and most of Canada. They like open areas and are often found in agriculture fields, orchards, forests along the edge of a lake or stream, savannas, and suburban areas. They are less common in urban areas.

You can identify ravens by their long black wings, long-tail and developed ruff of feathers on their throat, called hackles. They have a 4ft wingspan and are over two feet head to tail. Ravens differ from crows in appearance, flight pattern and size. They have a significantly larger bill and a different tail shape. Ravens’ tails are longer, and wedge shaped or pointed while crows’ tails are fan shaped. Crows are a similar size to pigeons while ravens are as big as red-tailed hawks. If you are trying to determine whether a flying bird is a crow or a raven you can decide based on the flight pattern, it is a raven if it can soar for multiple seconds at a time. Raven calls vary and may sound like "croooaaak", "cr-r-ruck", "tok", and "wonk-wonk". They can also mimic other bird species or human words when raised in captivity.

Ravens are omnivorous scavengers, most of their diet is meat. They will eat arthropods, seeds, grain. They are more carnivorous than crows. When ravens find carcasses, they will call others to overwhelm the owners of the territory and gain access to the food. Being very intelligent they work in pairs to attain food. Gun shots also attract ravens as they know there is a possibility of a meal.

These Raven nestlings were brought into care after their nest was in an active construction zone. These birds are not protected by law and work was not stopped to allow the young to be raised by their family. The chicks are gaining weight well and have an appropriate mentation for their age, but they are still in need of more veterinary care. One raven has gastrointestinal disease, and the others may have a fungal infection. We are working hard to rehabilitate these nestlings and it would not be possible without the support of donations. Thank you for supporting this group of raven nestlings in need.

Common Raven

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